November 18th, 2015

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Gadget Review: Asus Zenfone Selfie - The Phone That Brings Out the Narcissist in You

Hey people!

If you enjoy taking selfies, you're gonna be very happy reading this entry because I'll be sharing about a phone that will make you look FABULOUS! in your photos.

Introducing the Asus Zenfone Selfie, a phone that will bring out the narcissist in you. If you have lots of self-love already, it will bring your narcissism to a whole new level.


I'm not even joking.


Can I frame my selfie up please?

The love for this incredible phone was also evident among my family members.

Basically, I got them to take a selfie individually and they were intrigued by the way they look. Even my Dad who never takes selfies (probably don't know how or not interested to) couldn't stop checking himself out when I asked him to test the selfie camera.

My 2 sisters, cousin and Aunt even uploaded their newly taken selfies on Facebook or Whatsapp thereafter and received loads of compliments from their friends. Awesome, isn't it?



Photo credits to Asus.

The Asus Zenfone Selfie comes in 3 colours - Aqua Blue, Chic Pink and Pure White.

Many ladies, including myself are attracted to the pastel pink phone because we just don't get phones in such pretty colours all the time!




I was loaned an Asus Zenfone Selfie in Pure White for review purposes.

The Zenfone Selfie front camera has a 13 megapixel resolution and an 88-degree wide angle Largan lens that will ensure immense clarity in your photos. Additionally, there is virtually no shutter lag which is mega awesome!

Many of us have phones that take better shots using the rear camera but when it comes to the front camera, our selfie shots were never as nice. Some of our selfies might even be pixelated or blurred. In fact, my personal phone makes me look rather ashy in selfies so much so that I have to tweak the colour to make myself appear more natural.




Can you see why I like the Zenfone Selfie so much now?

For the first time in my life, I actually have bright and radiant complexion! The auto beautification mode on this phone is my absolute favvvourite part because it seemed to recognize your imperfections and somehow counteract them.

Fearful that your pimples or wrinkles are conspicuous? Scared that people can see those hideous eye bags of yours? FRET NOT. The auto beautification mode takes care of all these crap and transforms you into a flawless beauty. In fact, you can even view your 'beautified look' in real-time so that you can ensure that you like the way you look before you snap that photo.

I'd have to admit that it may be quite unnatural for the guys to go on 'beautified mode' because they looked like they applied foundation to their face. I supposed this mode will be more suitable for the ladies.




Besides the beautification mode, there's 16 other modes you can play around, namely the Auto, Manual, HDR, Super-Resolution, Low Light, Night, Depth of Field, Effect, GIF Animation, Miniature, Time Rewind, Smart Remove, All Smiles, Slow-Mo and the Time Lapse mode.

I was particularly impressed with the Miniature mode because it turned the houses that I see outside my window into tiny ones inside my photo. As for the GIF animation mode, it totally cracked my family members up with our series of queer and animated expressions.



Is this library shot artistic or what?

The rear camera also uses a 13 megapixel resolution and has a speedy 0.2 sec laser auto focus which ensures immense clarity in your images. With an aperture of f/2.0, you can also take great images even when there is not enough light.



Granted, it doesn't work as well as a digital or a DSLR camera but hey, it's doing really well for a regular smartphone and I'm loving the images that I've taken so far, particularly the shot of the merlion looking over at the Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum.

It was a simple snap that turned into a panoramic shot. :)




This shot was taken at night and through a glass window as I was on the Singapore Flyer. Although the photo quality didn't looked as sharp as the photos in my digital camera, I think it fared pretty well for a smartphone.



If you want to jazz up your photos with interesting templates, you can play around with their PhotoCollage which I discovered while I was exploring the other functions of the phone.



My photos aren't great representations of what you can do using PhotoCollage but here are just some basic examples. Wished the magazine templates didn't come with quotes though because some quotes don't make sense! :S

In sum, I ADORE this phone for its sleek design, large screen (it's easy on the eyes when you watch youtube videos) and most importantly its camera functions.

As a blogger, I take many photos in events and sometimes, it's a pain in the neck (literally) if I have to lug around a huge camera in my bag all the time.
Asus Zenfone Selfie works very well in meeting my blogging and personal needs. So what's there not to love about this phone? :)

Interested to purchase?

The Asus Zenfone Selfie retails at $379 without contract. For more information, please check out Asus' website here.

Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences.